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Taraba police officers ordered to pay for violations

17 February 2014, 17:05

Jalingo - The Federal High Court in Jalingo, Taraba State has ordered the Police to pay the sum of N2.5 million to five aides of the State Governor, Danbaba Suntan, for violating their rights.

Justice Donatus Okorowo gave the order on Monday while giving his final verdicts on the case instituted by the Senior Special Adviser to Governor on Media and Publicity, Sylvanus Yakubu Giwa alongside four other applicants against the former commissioner of Police, Jubril Adeniji.

The judge felt “sad” that the police had continued to trample on the rights of the citizens.

Giwa, alongside with, Elhamid Ali Ibrahim, Philip R. Kamishi, Elkabir Eldio and Anderi Imbred, were last  year arrested and detained by the Taraba state police command, the acts which the judge described as “violation of the rights of the applicants.”

Upset by their arrest and detention the applicants through their counsel Ibrahim Effiong prayed the court to as a matter of urgency declared that their arrest and detention constitute flagrant “disregard and willful violation of the inalienable rights of the applicants” as “Jealously preserved and stoutly protected under section 34 of the constitution and Article 5 of the African Charter.”

They also sought the need for the commissioner of police as a matter of urgency issue a public apology, which according to them must be widely circulated in two of the national dailies and a mandatory order that the respondent pays the sum of N200million each to the applicants summing up to one Billion Naira as compensation for the “inexcusable breach of their Fundamental Human Rights as provided for and preserved by the constitution and the African Charter, etc.”

Though the amount as demanded by the applicants was not awarded, the police were ordered to pay N500 000 to each applicant for the breach of their rights.

In the judgment that lasted for over two hours, Okorowo felt dejected that the applicants were not only assaulted by the police but were as well dehumanized and degraded.

Citing various sections of the 1999 constitution as amended, the presiding judge affirmed

- CAJ News

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